All students enrolled at the Dance Conservatory of Maryland should be able to enjoy the art of dance in a positive, healthy and distraction-free environment. Our faculty and staff do their best to promote respectful behavior from all students in the classroom.
Please observe the following school policies to ensure that each student gets the most out of their time at DCM. Do not hesitate to contact the DCM office if you have any questions about school policies.
Consistent attendance is expected and is critical to the student’s progress. Missed lessons must be made up in a comparable class with the permission of the instructor. All missed lessons must be made up within the session (no carry over). Students should arrive 15 minutes early to get dressed, warm-up and use the restroom. Students are expected to wait outside the classroom until their scheduled class time. Any student who is not prepared for class because of lateness, behavior problems or inattention to the dress code may be asked by the teacher to sit and observe class instead of participating. Students should be picked up in a timely fashion, within 10 minutes of the end of their last class. DCM faculty and staff cannot be responsible for students left beyond this time.Good attendance is particularly important for dancers performing in the spring production. If dancers miss more than 4 classes/performance classes per session, he/she may be removed from the production and no refunds will be given. Arriving late, leaving early, and observing class because of injury or illness will count as a half an absence.
Students who are ill, including those with headaches, upset stomachs and cramps, etc., may observe class with the permission of their parent. Students who do not take class because of injury should seek the treatment of a medical professional. Students with injuries should take as much of each class as they can, modifying exercises if necessary or doing stretch classes as recommended by a medical professional. Students should observe and fill out an observation sheet for any part of class they cannot participate in, and return the observation sheet to the teacher at the end of the class. If acceptable to the teacher, the student will be given full credit for the class. All classes missed due to injury or illness should be made up by attending a comparable class as soon as possible.
Any student or parent who verbally or physically abuses anyone, verbally defies any faculty or staff member, commits any unlawful action or commits any other action deemed by DCM to be grossly inappropriate will be dismissed from the school immediately. There will be no refunds.
Creative Movement - Light pink leotard, pink footed tights, pink ballet slippers, hair in a bun
PreBallet - Lavender leotard, pink footed tights, pink ballet slippers, hair in a bun
*Ballet 1 - Light blue leotard, pink footed tights, pink ballet slippers, hair in a bun
*Ballet 2/2x - Red leotard, pink footed tights, pink ballet slippers, hair in a bun
Elementary/Intermediate/Advanced Ballet - Black Leotard, pink tights, pink ballet slippers.
Tap - Any solid color leotard, solid tights/leggings/jazz pants, black patent tie tap shoes (4-7 years), black oxford tap shoes (8 years and up), hair in a bun or pony tail
Jazz/Hip Hop - Any solid color leotard, solid tights/leggings/jazz pants, black jazz shoes/sneakers, hair in a bun or pony tail
Modern - Any solid color leotard, solid tights/leggings, bare feet, hair in a bun
*Leotards for Ballet 1 and 2 should be traditional/conservative styles (unadorned, no halters, cutouts, or strap designs). Dancers at this level should not wear undergarments under their leotard and tights.
Ballet 3 - Navy leotard (Wednesday, Saturday), navy or black leotard (Thursday) , pink convertible seamed tights, pink canvas ballet slippers with ribbons
Ballet 4 - Royal blue leotard (Wednesday, Saturday), royal blue or black leotard (Monday, Thursday), pink convertible seamed tights, pink canvas ballet slippers with ribbons
Ballet 5 - Purple/plum leotard (Monday, Wednesday, Saturday), purple or black leotard (Tuesday, Thursday), pink convertible seamed tights, pink canvas ballet slippers with ribbons
Ballet 6 - Gray leotard (Monday, Wednesday, Saturday), gray or black leotard (Tuesday, Thursday), pink convertible seamed tights, pink canvas ballet slippers with ribbons
Ballet - Tight fitted white T-shirt or white leotard, black tights, black ballet slippers, or white ballet slippers with thin white socks (Ages 10 and up shoudl wear a black or tan dance belt (athletic support) when necessary.
Jazz/Hip Hop/Modern/Tap - Tight fitted T-shirt (no writing or logos, black pants or shorts, black jazz shoes, jazz sneakers, or tap shoes
Please remember that DCM does not follow the local public school system closings. The Dance Conservatory of Maryland does not hold make-up classes, and no tuition reductions will be given for classes canceled due to inclement weather. When class is canceled due to inclement weather, students have the option to make up that class in any other class at their level or below that is held throughout the week.
Please view the current class schedule to see which classes are available for each level and dance discipline. Please call the office if you have any questions about the make-up policy.